I begin my 8th year as teacher librarian at Holy Cross Catholic School as we begin the 2013-2014 school year. Prior to moving to the library, I taught for 17 years in the 5th Grade classroom at Holy Cross. My goal is to instill in each student a love of reading and the skills needed to use the library to meet his/her educational needs. I am blessed to know each student in the school by name and to share time weekly in the library and on the playground with all of the Holy Cross student body.
The students in all grades at Holy Cross were given packets for the following reading programs:
Holy Cross Catholic School - read 10 books, return the signed folder in September
Scholastic Read for the Challenge - log in minutes read at http://www.scholastic.com/summer
Multnomah County Library - Dig into Reading, game boards to be taken to the library for prizes
"Kids all over America are reading more and having more fun doing it! Do whatever it takes to inspire more kids to READ!"
Make sure you are logging onto www.scholastic.com/summer and recording your minutes each day/week. Or, record your minutes on the Reading Log and bring it to school so you can log on in the computer lab.
Sydney, Caitlin and Emma reading for the Summer Challenge!
By Karen Balsen, Library Development Specialist and Douglas Moore, Graduate Assistant
" In a 2009 government web cast, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan described summer learning loss as "devastating." This is what researchers have often referred to as the "summer slide." It is estimated that school summer breaks will cause the average student to lose up to one month of instruction...Researchers conclude that two-thirds of the 9th grade reading achievement gap can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities during the elementary school years, with nearly one-third of the gap present when children begin school. The body of existing research demonstrates the critical importance that the early development of summer reading habits can play in providing the foundation for later success."
Information about the Scholastic Summer Reading program was sent home with all the students in Grades K-7 during the week of May 6-10. This program encourages students to read at least 20 minutes a day to avoid the "summer slide." To find out more about the program and connect to helpful resources go to www.scholastic.com/summer. The program began on May 6 and continues through September 6, 2013.
"You are your child's most important teacher. By staying involved, you make a huge difference in the reading skills your child develops." Please help your child log on and record his/her minutes. If you do not have Internet service, each student has received a page to keep a log of his/her reading minutes. These minutes can be added to our totals by logging in to a computer in the school library or computer lab.
The students will begin to record their minutes on the Scholastic site during computer classes until the end of this school year. During the summer they can do the recording, or they may bring their reading minutes log on "Bring Your Supplies to School Day" in August and use a lab computer at that time to record their minutes read.
Thank you for support of this valuable program!
3rd Grade student, Tommy, in the library's "Author Chair",
sharing his book, Amazing Pictures, with his classmates
Author Tommy was inspired to publish his book, Amazing Pictures, because his folder was getting "too messy." He had drawn a "bunch of pictures" and put them all into the folder. His friend suggested that he take the pictures and compile them into a book. Some of Tommy's pictures were inspired from his reading of Starwars books and Harry Potter. Tommy gave credit to classmates, Reem and Canaan, who also contributed some of the pictures in his book.
The 18 members of the Holy Cross Speech Team were all “winners" on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, as they participated in the speech tournament. These students worked very hard to prepare themselves for the three rounds of speeches: elocution, extemporaneous and impromptu.
A big thank you to all the parents who helped their child/children prepare for the tournament and who spent the day at the tournament supporting their child/children in each round of competition. God bless you for valuing the speech tournament as a great learning opportunity for your child/children.
Thanks also to support of Holy Cross staff members and volunteers who coached the students and attended the speech tournament: Mrs. J. Johnson, Mrs. Anderson, Ms. Baird, Mrs. Varga Campbell, Ms. Meyer and Mrs. Maddocks. Their presence showed the students that public speaking is a valuable life long skill.
Thank you to theHoly Cross Parents’ Club who so generously sponsored the Holy Cross Speech Team. Your support helps make this day happen for our students. God bless you!
The principal of Valley Catholic who gave the welcome, the Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue team who gave CPR instruction, and Reggi Aqui, KGW news anchor, who presented the trophies, all stressed the importance and need for developing public speaking skills. Each applauded all of the 425 contestants for their participation in the tournament.
Nancy Nguyen James & Nancy Nguyen Nancy with KGW
3rd place trophy News Anchor, Reggie Aqui
8th - Emily Humes, Ian Legge, Brendan Moore, Nancy Nguyen
7th - Sydney Caleen, Emma Kuffner, Maddy Maresh, Anthony Martin, Isaac Martin, Belanna Winborne
6th - Owen Caleen, Anna Campbell, Max Johnson, Tessa Johnson, Luke Kabele
5th - Maliyah Miller, Lauen Segura, Isabella Steiner
To get more info on the Valley Catholic Speech Tournament click on this link:
Our reading minutes goal for the Book Fair was 180,000 minutes. The total minutes reached were 176,032. Good job!
The total at the end of the Book Fair was $4889.77. The school will also receive credit for the various activities we participated in before and during the Book Fair. The total dollars earned will be calculated by Scholastic after our final report is submitted.
For research help:
MLA Reference Guide and the Oregon Shool Library Information System website to use Citation Maker, www.oslis.org.
1. Talk with your children as you play, shop, or work around the house. Listen to what they say. Ask questions.
2. Read to your children.
3. Let your children see you read.
4. Ask older children to read to younger ones.
5. Go to the library together.
6. Give your children books about their special interests.
7. Keep books, magazines, and newspapers around your home.
8. Plan outings for your children.
9. Say rhymes and poetry, or sing songs.
10. Tell stories about your family.
8th Grade: Jasmin Gomez, Emily Humes, Marie Langlois, Ian Legge, JOrdyn Mayer, Brendan Moore, Nancy Nguyen and Mr. Bruni
7th Grade: Caitlin Briare, Samuel Burris, Sydney Caleen, Nate Compton, Christian Gomez, Anthony Martin, Isaac Martin, Shareace Miller, Michaela Pinto, Hailee Ryan, Kylie Smith, Felix Songolo, Belanna Winborne, and Mr. Ghyselinck
6th Grade: Owen Caleen, Anna Campbell, Max Johnson, Tessa Johnson, Luke Kabele, Sara Mills, Natisha Ortiz-Rodriguez, Hannah Smith and Mrs. Kirchgraber
5th Grade: Moises Barajas, Emilee Ryan, Isabella Steiner, Lauren Segura and Mr. Davis
4th Grade: Max Baker, Savannah Bashaw, Gabriel Briare, Anthony Braunstein, Ayden Donley, Sophia Ell, Zachary Hafer, Leslie Hernandez, Benjamin McDonald, Anna Nguyen, James Nguyen, Nasir Osman, Asukulu Songolo, M’Munga Songolo, Emma Smith, Bryan Velazquez and Mrs. Louie
3rd Grade: Kieli Bongolan, Sage David, James Kabele, Tommy Louie, Joseph McIntosh, Diego Quintana, Canaan Tolla and Mrs. Martin
2nd Grade: Omar Barajas, Erika Campbell, Maerg Girmay, Mya Kent, Alina Martinez, Thomas Muller, Josie Washburn and Ms. DeVaney-Wilkes
1st Grade: Bobby Baker, Cielo Barroso, Sanaya David, Sanoe David, Yasmeen Edgar, Kylee Hanel, Elizabeth Louie, Will Louie, Abigail Miller, Olani Tolla and Mrs. Johnson
Kindergarten: Claire Wilkening and Ms. Baird
Teachers and Staff: Mrs. Julie Johnson, Mrs. Debbie Larsen-Walker, Sister Mary Ryan, Mrs. Anderson, Ms. Yandle, Mr. Swinehart and Mrs. Jordan